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The national healthcare debate

February 29, 2008

Lately, you can’t go a whole day without at least hearing an on-air discussion or reading an article about the state of healthcare in the United States. Some pundits favor a strict fee for service model. Others pontificate over a government partnership with private industry or a wholly government managed healthcare system.

I’m no expert on the healthcare industry in this country, and I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I’ll share some of my thoughts with you. Maybe after reading this you’ll have a reason to give this problem some of the consideration it deserves.

The thought of government management of the healthcare industry is enough to make even the staunchest proponent of the nanny state recoil in abject horror! If you disagree with that statement, let me remind you of how well the government has managed the Social Security program. And then there are the two programs that will ultimately bankrupt the country… Medicare and Medicaid. Government management is not an optimal solution.

An idea that seems to gather more traction is a partnership of government and private industry. Although this may sound good to some, one has but to remember another infamous marriage of government and private companies; the Federal Reserve. People blame greedy banks for the state of the economy without giving thought to the fact that many of those same banks are part of the banking cartel that makes up the Federal Reserve. A partnership of government and private industry is not in the best interest of the American people.

Pay as you go services are least popular among the working class. Many have come to believe that healthcare is a right that should be provided to them by the government. But, let me remind you that the government has nothing to give, other than what it takes from others. Still think it should be “free?” Go knock on your neighbor’s door and tell him that you’re in need of transportation and that he must pay for it. What’s that? You don’t think he’ll go for that idea? Then why do you think for even an instant he will agree to pay for your next visit to the doctor? It’s your body, not his. It is your responsibility to take care of it, not someone else’s.

There are no easy answers, yet something must be done. Whatever that something evolves into must begin with Medicare and Medicaid. If those twin programs of fiscal doom aren’t addressed very soon, discussion of any other healthcare is moot.

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